Haier, the Chinese consumer electronics and home appliances company, has released an interesting PC product. The ‘Lequ’ Q9 is the world’s first all-in-one desktop piano PC specially target for young kids. The new ‘Smart-Piano’ which comes with a MIDI professional music arranger keyboard, has combine a desktop computer that runs Windows 8 operating system. It equipped with a 27-inch full HD multi-touch screen, and powered by Intel Core i7 processor (IvyBridge) with NVIDIA GT640M 128bit graphics card. The system supports THX audio, and special piano learning software has installed to minimize the difficulty of learning piano. Haier official words said that you can know how to play a piano within 5 minutes. We have found a big Intel logo sticking on the piano system. Yes, Intel Labs has involve in the R&D of this musical product. So what is the price ? It costs 19,999 yuan (USD$3,212) for 2TB hardisk and 8GB RAM, it should be consider cheaper than a professional piano …
Acer’s Chromebooks have accounted for 5 percent to 10 percent of U.S. shipments since being released in US last November. The Taiwanese computer maker currently only offers one Chromebook model. The C7 is currently only selling through Google Play, Best Buy and TigerDirect.com, the WiFi-only model cost US$199. Google has focused on the use of Chromebooks, which is a browser-centric Linux-based operating system, in schools and large enterprises and positioned them as alternatives to more expensive Windows-based laptops. The search giant also argues that the cost of ownership of a ChromeOS device is significantly lower than for a standard Windows machines …
Lenovo has unveiled a 27-inch all-in-one desktop at CES. The new Horizon Table PC is a big multi-touch touchscreen device which aimed at family time around the coffee table. It is a Windows 8-based PC and it can be propped up and viewed in different modes. The Horizon can lie flat on any surface, lets two or more people use the screen at the same time. It can even supports interactive physical gaming accessories for touchscreen gameplay among several players. The using experience on Horizon may define as the new PC Plus era, it will be interesting to see how the machine may become the centrepiece of homes or businesses. One more thing, Lenovo will also have a larger 37-inch Horizon Table PC in the pipeline ready for release, pictures after the jump.
Here’s a quirky thing from ASUS at this year CES, dubbed Transformer AiO. But to certain extent, you can’t call this 18.4-inch behemoth a desktop computer, because the screen can actually be detached from the stand base and served as a giant slate. User can toggling between both Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean seamlessly whether it’s docked or in “tablet” mode. Noteworthy, the tablet will run a quad-core Tegra 3 when operating in Android, and it will be powered by a 3rd gen Intel core processor with NVIDIA GT 730M graphics when operating in Windows mode. Cool, huh? Hands-on photos and video after the break.
Lenovo just added another new addition to its Thinkpad lineup, the Thinkpad Helix. It’s a flippable 11.6-inch Ultrabook that works similar to the famous ThinkPad Yoga. But the quirky thing about Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helix is, it can serve as a standalone tablet, an Ultrabook or a presentation station, thanks to the reversible docking port. Lenovo called this cool feature as “rip and flip” touchscreen, making it ideal for watching movies when you’re in a cramped airplane seat. Find out more after the break.
Still remember the Windows 8-powered iMac knockoff? It is now officially launched. The main specs remain the same: a 21.5-inch 1920×1080 display, 4GB RAM and Windows 7/8. But with the processor, you may to choose go with a 3.3GHz Intel i3 dual-core CPU or a 2.9GHz Intel i5 quad-core CPU. With the internal memory, a 500GB hard drive (5400 rpm) or a 128GB SSD. More info after the break.
Microsoft is the world’s largest market for PC’s operating system and yet with high piracy rates in China, the software company is seeing only a fraction of the revenue it could collect. That might change with the launch of its Surface tablet, which goes on sale online in China at the same time as a handful of other countries. Microsoft chose Shanghai as its first global site for what it called a “pre-launch” of Windows 8 on Tuesday. The tablet will be sold tomorrow in China through Suning Appliance retail stores and as well as Microsoft’s online China store. There is no delay on the release and this reflects how important China is to Microsoft …
There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech news that have left behind because we are just too busy or too lazy to post. There are stories on Lenovo becomes world’s top PC maker, China Mobile not willing to carry the iPhone 5, Windows 8 tablet from Taiwanese vendors and so on, check them out after the break. Video for this week: a gorgeous tilt-shift video that turns Shanghai into a giant model playset … Hope everyone have a fresh start to your week and stay tune on the upcoming Asia largest Apple store in Beijing.
ASUS have released a teaser for an October 23rd event launching its upcoming Vivo Tabs and Vivo Books in New York City. In the 42 seconds video, ASUS likens its touchscreen Windows 8 devices to the Apollo moon missions, the first television, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and back to have a little kids in the modern day using the Taichi dual screen Windows 8 notebook, which is already available for pre-order starting at $1,299. The Taiwanese PC maker seems to be promising of making touch “available to everyone…” as important as Elvis …
There are so much news from China that passes by that we couldn’t possibly cover it all. Here are the Chinese tech news that we have left behind last week because we are just too busy or too lazy to post. There are stories on China’s hacking, Huawei vs. Cisco, cheap second-hand iPhone 4sand so on, check them out after the break. Video for this week: Animation on famous people from around the world joined the Gangnam style frenzy … Hope everyone have a fresh start to your week and keep tracking your orders of iPhone 5.
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